Basically, you write a 'how to' article on any topic and publish it to ehow's website. The website then pays you on a monthly basis, based on how many hits the article receives that month (I've read you're not actually paid for the hits, per se, but for ads that fill the space on your pages). After two days on the site, my article received 168 hits. In internet terms, that isn't a whole lot of hits. But I haven't been actively publishing online for long, and I have to admit: I was excited!
And then I checked my 'earnings account' to find out how much the hits had earned me. $2? $5? I started running calculations in my head. If I received 100 views per day - even if I was only paid $2 per day - that would be $60 per month on that one article. With that tantalizing number in my mind, I clicked on the button for my 'earnings' account.
That number wasn't so tantalizing. Or exciting. It appeared that after nearly 200 hits, I'd made a lump sum of four cents. Four ...
But you know what? I'm going to keep writing for this site during my free time on nights & weekends. While I wouldn't pour 'work' time into this as a reasonable income source, it is another opportunity to practice online marketing. And, I found several good ideas there about increasing web traffic. The best tip was:
Add your page URL to search engines. Go to http://www.freewebsubmission.com/ and add your site to about 20 different search engines at once. Free Web Submissions also shows what search engines are the most popular (top five, from most popular, are: Yahoo, Google, MSN, Open Directory, Scrub the Web) And, it includes informational articles about how the web works, as far as crawling sites, etc.